Cheese-and-salsa nachos usually make for a pretty great snack. But this is the dish’s weekend to shine. In honour of Super Bowl Sunday, here are 10 of the city’s most over-the-top nachos, ranked from “muy loco,” to “ack!”
Sneaky Dee’s Cactus in the Valley Nachos
10Sneaky Dee’s signature Kings Crown creation gets all the attention, but there’s more to their nacho game. Upgrade to the Cactus in the Valley where tortilla chips are covered with thinly sliced steak, salsa mole, melted cheese, rice and beans, sautéed peppers and onions, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. $25. 431 College St., 416-603-3090, sneaky-dees.com.
Bar Fancy’s Dirty Nachos
9No-name brand rounds are dressed in salt and vinegar, then covered in fluorescent ballpark–style cheese, shredded lettuce, jalapeños, pickled red onion, sour cream, cilantro and a big blob of guac. $9. 1070 Queen St. W., no phone, barfancy.ca.
Playa Cabana Cantina’s Chorizo Nachos
8At the Junction taqueria, tortilla chips are blanketed in oaxaca and mozzarella cheeses, then topped with chorizo, pickled cabbage and radish, green onion, guacamole, crema and hot sauce. $12. 2883 Dundas St. W., 647-352-7767, playacabana.ca.
The Dock Ellis’s Wonton Nachos
7This sports bar ups the crunch factor by swapping out regular nacho chips for deep-fried wontons, then covers them in chorizo or beans (or both), cheese sauce, salsa, pickled jalapeños and crema. $5/small and $10/large (shown). 1280 Dundas St. W., 416-792-8472, thedockellis.com.
Pierogi Nachos’s Intersteer
6Think wontons are a wacky chip substitute? At this Roncesvalles bar, the kitchen deep-fries cheddar cheese–filled pierogies, then tops them with gloopy cheese sauce, black olives, jalapeños, house-made salsa, sour cream and guac. $14. 357 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-588-8054, intersteer.blogspot.ca.
The Drake Hotel’s Lobster Nachos
5The Drake Hotel gets their chips at La Tortilleria, refries them and then loads ’em up with chunks of Canadian lobster. It’s all topped with house-made mornay sauce, guacamole, cilantro and pickled jalapeños and onions. $23. 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042, thedrakehotel.ca.
Junked Food Co.’s Smash Bags
4It’s probably no surprise that a place named Junked Food Co. produces over-the-top stoner snacks like these “Smash Bags”. The chip bags are the vessels, and the contents (your favourite flavour of Dorito) are blanketed with things like tater tots, fortune cookies, mac and cheese and Dr. Pepper–infused pulled pork. $6.45 to $8.95. 1256 Dundas St. W., 647-343-5326, junkedfoodco.com.
The Office Pub’s Pork Rinchos
3 Hello, meat sweats. Here we have pork rinds topped with three other kinds of pig product (bacon, sausage, pulled pork), good ole marble cheese, jalapeños, ancho chipotle sauce, pico de gallo and scallions. Sour cream, salsa and guac come on the side. $21.99. 117 John St., 416-977-1900, theofficepub.ca.
Scotland Yard’s Nachomari
2We squid you not (haw). These nachos are covered with a mountain of deep-fried calamari, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, jalapeños, diced tomatoes and scallions. On the side: tzatziki sauce, salsa and sour cream. $19. 56 The Esplanade, 416-364-6572, scotlandyardpub.ca.
Bar Hop Brewco’s Roasted Pig’s Head Nachos
1Coming in at number one are Bar Hop Brewco’s fried tortillas served with sour cream, pickled jalapenos, guacamole, honey mustard, cabbage slaw—oh, and half a pig’s head (full of crispy slivers of guanciale). $36. 137 Peter St., 647-348-1137, barhoptoronto.com.